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Delhi News Highlights: BJP, AAP allege bid to buy councillors, days after MCD results

Delhi News Highlights: The Delhi BJP unit will file a complaint with the anti-corruption branch at 4pm today.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2022 09:02 IST
kejriwal news, mcd polls, indian expressDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File)

Delhi News Highlights, December 10, 2022:  Soon after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  asked AAP councillors to get ready to expose BJP’s ‘operation lotus’, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla alleges that AAP workers approached their councillors and are trying to buy them. Dr Monika Patra, a newly elected councillor, alleged at a press conference that she was approached by an AAP leader and offered money to leave the BJP and join AAP. The Delhi BJP unit will file a complaint with the anti-corruption branch at 4pm today.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal earlier said the “heavy BJP machinery” deployed during campaigning made the MCD polls the toughest election contested by the Aam Aadmi Party so far, accusing the saffron party of pressuring media to spread propaganda. Addressing the newly elected councillors, Kejriwal asserted that the AAP does positive politics and talks about “our work” “This election was very very tough. A few people say it was an easy election, but it was not. The way they conspired against us and the way they used state machinery against us, it was the toughest elections we ever contested,” Kejriwal claimed.

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in his first interaction with the newly elected councillors of AAP on Saturday morning said that a golden period is about to come in MCD under AAP. “It will be the first time in the history that same honest government which is ruling the city is also going to form government in MCD,” he said.

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21:37 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Row over office of DDCD vice-chairman: Delhi L-G now refers matters to President, cites ‘difference of opinion’

A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued a directive to recall the L-G’s order against Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah, the L-G Secretariat in a statement said as there is a “difference of opinion on this issue”, the L-G has referred this matter to the “President of India and that no action can be taken without the consideration of the President”.

On Friday, Kejriwal had issued directions to the Planning department to recall the L-G’s order against Shah and de-seal his office.

Last month, Delhi L-G V K Saxena had ordered that Shah “be restricted from discharge of functions as V-C” and also be barred from using “any privileges and facilities connected with the office of V-C, DDCD, with immediate effect”. He also asked Kejriwal to sack Shah from the post for allegedly “misusing his office for political purposes”, and directed the planning department to prevent him from using any “privileges and facilities” till a “decision is taken by the CM” in this regard.

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19:57 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Chaos at Delhi airport’s T3, long queues at ticket counters, immigration, security check

Long queues at immigration, unorganised security checks, chaos at the lounge — Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 has become a nightmare for passengers despite authorities reducing flights.

Passengers have been complaining for weeks about how departure from the T3 Airport is a tedious process. Visuals from the airport shared on social media show men and women lined up in several queues for security check, with some saying they had to wait for two to three hours at the clearance area.

Some of the reasons for the long queues at the immigration and security checks are because of fewer counters, smaller space, more passengers and limited security staff. Traffic outside the terminal is also causing trouble. Meanwhile, airlines have started asking passengers to come at least 3.5 hours before departure.

Jignasa Sinha reports

16:32 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Kejriwal's order to de-seal Jasmine Shah's office illegal and meaningless: L-G secretariat

A day after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ordered the planning department to de-seal the office of DDC head Jasmine Shah, L-G secretariat called the order "illegal" and "meaningless" and said the matter has already been referred to the President of India.

14:46 (IST)10 Dec 2022
AAP councillor's father alleges he was offered money from BJP

Three AAP councillors have alleged they got a call from one person named Yogendra Chandaulia saying Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta wants to talk. "They first offered Rs 2 crore and when I refused they went up to Rs 10 crore," said Pinto, father of Dr Sonakshi, who won seat from ward 118.

The councillors also alleged that BJP wants to buy 10 AAP councillors and they have a Rs 100 crore budget to buy councillors.

14:42 (IST)10 Dec 2022
BJP said Adesh Gupta has Rs 100 crore budget to buy councillors: Sanjay Singh

"Our councillors received calls from Bharatiya Khoka party and they have been told by Delhi BJP state president Adesh Gupta that BJP has a 100 crore budget to buy councillors," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said. 

At a press conference, Singh alleged that three AAP councillors were approached by BJP Delhi unit president Adesh Gupta.

13:07 (IST)10 Dec 2022
'Heavy BJP machinery' made MCD polls toughest election contested by AAP: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the "heavy BJP machinery" deployed during campaigning made the MCD polls the toughest election contested by the Aam Aadmi Party so far, accusing the saffron party of pressuring media to spread propaganda.

Addressing the newly elected councillors, Kejriwal said, "We believe in doing positive politics. We work for the people, tell them about our work and what we plan to do if we get elected again. We form our narratives around these things. Par hume to narrative banane hi nahi diya inhone, hum sochte the aaj 10-11 baje press conference kar ke ye kahenge, hume vote do, hum koode ke pahad hatayenge, par fir pata chalta tha 8.30 baje ek video aagayi hai or wahi 24 ghante chal rahi hai, humari press conference to chalti hi nahi thi..."

Refering to Satyendra Jain's "massage video" from inside the jail, Kejriwal says, "They (BJP) pressurized media to spread false lies and propaganda against us. Everyday, they released one fake video and broadcasted 24 hours on TV." 

."They tried to malign AAP and Destroy the 'Kattar Imandar' image of AAP....they wanted to prove that we are also chor like them," he further said. 

"But the public is not crazy...you cannot fool them....despite all their strategies and conspiracies, people voted for us....People voted on the basis of work. We have to continue to earn this respect and work for the people. You all have earn respect and work for the people and development of the city, so that people remember you and elect you again." said Kejriwal. 

11:55 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Golden period is about to come in MCD under AAP says Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

'Same party was there in MCD and Government in Delhi earlier from 2002-2007 and Congress was in power in both government and corporation. But there was no cooperation between the councillors and chief minister and the administration. So, this will be the first time in the history that same honest government which is ruling the city is also going to form government in MCD,' said Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in his first interaction with the newly elected councillors of AAP. 

'We need to do more and more hard work on ground. We need to fullfil all our promise, clean Delhi, make it garbage free, flatten all three landfill sites, address the problems of stray animals and needs to develop the primary health centers in MCD as mohalla clinics. We need do to hard work and put all our efforts to achieve this,' he said further. 

Sisodia warned all councillors to stay alert and "beware of BJP members and leaders" and to strictly stay away from any kind of "loose talks". "You are lucky to be in AAP, you are Soldiers of Kejriwal. You will earn a lot of respect but at the same time you will also be under scrutiny, you will be watched and 24*7. BJP will try to frame you in false case and put CBI behind you. I am not asking you to do anything wrong, wo to karna hi nahi hai...but don't even engage in any kind of loose talks...there will be someone will record you and try to frame you even it was not your fault at all."

11:45 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal interacts with all newly elected councillors of Aam Aadmi Party
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Kasol-based tattoo artist arrested for supplying drugs in Delhi

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11:21 (IST)10 Dec 2022
AAP to organise training session for its newly elected councillors

The Aam Aadmi Party is going to organise training session for all its councillors on how to make repository, participate in the house, what type of funds are there that they can avail for developments, news projects and maintenance work. The party will also give its councillors training on how to communicate and interact with the people from their ward.

Aam Aadmi Party as it dislodged the BJP from power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) after three terms lasting 15 years — and took control of the civic body for the first time in the national capital where it has a government. AAP won 134 of 250 wards, while the BJP got 104, and the Congress came a distant third with just nine.

You (councillors) will be holding several public meetings and meetings people from wards and they will have grievances. You will have to make whatsapp ground and add people from your ward and address their grievances : said Saurabh Bhardwaj at the AAP's interaction with its newly elected councillors. 

All councillors have been directed to take a 2 hours mandatory walk  daily in their respective ward to take stock of the ground situation and keep a check that their area is clean, garbage free and is well maintained. During this, if any councillors find garbage or poor upkeep, they will have to call the sanitary inspector immediately and get the work done.

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Maliwal, an engineering student, left a job at HCL at the age of 22 to work in the slums and villages in India doing volunteer work. She would go on to become one of the youngest members of the anti-corruption movement spearheaded by Anna Hazare in 2011. (Read More)

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Popular stand-up comedians including Zakir Khan, Ashish Solanki, and Gurleen Pannu, singer Fotty Seven, and illusionist Poshak Dua will be among the artists performing at the Delhi Comic Con.

WHAT ARE THE SHOW DATES & SHOW TIMINGS?

9-11th December
NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla
Show Timings: 11AM to 8PM (Daily)

TO KNOW MORE, VISIT: https://www.comicconindia.com/delhi

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10:49 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Gurgaon civic body takes away 4 unregistered dogs, leaves many wondering: ‘Will my pet be next?’

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Sources said the MCG recently took away four dogs — a Pakistani Bully from Sector 14, a German Shepherd from Sector 9, a mini Bully from Bhim Nagar and a Pitbull from Ullawas village. “Those dogs weren’t registered with MCG. They were taken into custody and sent to a shelter in Basai as per by-laws,” said an official. Earlier this week, the MCG issued a public notice directing pet owners under its jurisdiction to comply with bylaws of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994. It said all dogs under municipal jurisdiction must be registered with the municipal commissioner (registration authority) and every registered dog shall wear a collar attached to a metal token in a public place. (Read More)

10:48 (IST)10 Dec 2022
19 years on, Delhi HC overturns man’s conviction in homicide case because ‘trial court record got lost’

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DCW chief Swati Maliwal

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First published on: 09-12-2022 at 10:02 IST
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